Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fitness tip from 10Fitness

Ross and I are members of 10Fitness, and one of the things I love about the gym is that they send tips to me via email. Even if its something I've heard before, I still find encouragement in hearing it. Here is the tip they sent me this week....

"One of the many benefits of regular exercise is increased and sustained energy throughout the day. 
Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Seeing Is Believing
In life and work, success begins with a goal. Before we can believe in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like. “We must see it before we can believe it” is where visualization comes in, which is simply a technique for creating a mental image of a future event. When we visualize our desired outcome, we begin to "see" the possibility of achieving it. Through visualization, we catch a glimpse of what is, in the words of one writer, our "preferred future." When this happens, we are motivated and prepared to pursue our goal.
Studies show that visualization increases athletic performance by improving motivation, coordination and concentration. It also aids in relaxation and helps reduce fear and anxiety. In the words of one researcher, "Visualization helps the athlete just do it and do it with confidence, poise, and perfection."
Visualization does not guarantee success. It also does not replace hard work and practice, but when combined with diligent effort and a strong support network, it is a powerful way to achieve positive behavioral change and create the life you desire."

In my own fitness journey, I have found this to be true. Sometimes when I'm running and I get tired, I envision myself running a race, or getting to the finish line of a race, and it helps get me to the end of my run, when otherwise I might quit because I'm too tired. Or sometimes I just envision myself getting to the next mile. It really does work, folks! Try it the next time you feel yourself wanting to give up or even if you're having a hard time getting off the couch. Imagine yourself finishing that race or feeling that awesome feeling you have when you've fit into those skinny pants you've been wanting to get back in to. It really sounds silly in my opinion, like some new-agey thing, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do if you want to reach your fitness goals. 

Now get up and get moving! :) 
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